Certification Frequently Asked Questions
- Will CDSE still distribute certificates and lapel pins?
- When do I receive my certificate?
- Why am I releasing my DMDC files to DCSA?
- How do I designate my SPēD credential?
- What about other certifications? Will the SPēD Certification Program recognize them?
- Who do I contact if I have a question regarding the SPēD Certification Program?
Will CDSE still distribute certificates and lapel pins?
Effective June 1, 2020, the SPēD Certifcation PMO will no longer mail certificates and lapel pins.
When do I receive my certificate?
Effective June 1, 2020, the SPēD Certifcation PMO will no longer mail certificates. After successfully passing and being conferred a SPēD certification you will receive an email from Acclaim giving you access to your newly earned digital badge.
Why am I releasing my Defense Manpower Data Center DMDC files to DCSA?
Effective July 14, 2019, information will no longer be automatically recorded in the DMDC.
How do I designate my SPēD credential?
Those conferred with a Security Fundamentals Professional Certification (SFPC) are authorized to use the SFPC designation on business cards, resumes, and signature lines. SFPC credential holders may use this designation as long as they maintain active status. The designation "SFPC" should appear in all capital letters after a comma following the credential holder's name (i.e., John Doe, SFPC).
Those conferred with a Security Asset Protection Professional Certification (SAPPC) or Security Program Integration Professional Certification (SPIPC) are authorized to use the SAPPC or SPIPC designation in the same manner as described above for SFPC. Because the SFPC must be earned to obtain the SAPPC or SPIPC, holders need only list SAPPC or SPIPC (i.e., John Doe, SPIPC).
What about other certifications? Will the SPēD Certification Program recognize them?
The SPēD Certification Program does not recognize equivalents and cannot confer SPēD certification(s) based on other credentials achieved by an individual. Each SPēD certification is or will be nationally accredited by an external accreditation organization. The standards for certification program accreditation prevent equivalencies and grandfathering except in narrow and predefined scenarios.
For certification renewal, the SPēD Program Management Office (PMO) may recognize other credentials and professional development events as Professional Development Units (PDUs).
Who do I contact if I have a question regarding the SPēD Certification Program?
Contact your Component Service Representative (CSR).